Giving Back

The Wharf is an active and dedicated supporter of the local community, both through corporate giving initiatives and the volunteer efforts of our employees and partners. We work closely with several neighborhood associations and nonprofit organizations that seek to improve our community, and we participate in a wide range of programs throughout the year.

Recent Initiatives. The Wharf is involved in several initiatives to help those in need throughout of year.

  • The Arthur Capper Senior building in Southeast DC—once home to more than 160 senior residents—was destroyed by fire, and several organizations rally to host a Thanksgiving meal for residents and their families on Thanksgiving Day at The Anthem. Supporters include Edgewood Management, Urban Atlantic, Community Services Foundation, District Wharf, Hoffman & Associates, and Cathal Armstrong, Chef/Owner of Kaliwa.
  • Entertainment Cruises organizes a Thanksgiving cruise for hundreds of the area’s active-duty military as well as individuals from the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans Affairs Retirement Home. Entertainment Cruises donates the food, boats, and volunteers. District Wharf, Hoffman & Associates, and Madison Marquette are proud to help make the event possible with volunteers and donations.
  • The Wharf Community Association employees provide Thanksgiving dinner ingredients for needy families in Southwest DC.

Philanthropic work. Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW) formed a Donations Committee comprised of senior staff representatives to evaluate requests for funding that fall within its giving guidelines focused on Southwest Organizations, water-related efforts, and organizations whose goals are consistent with those of The Wharf.

Volunteer efforts. Giving back doesn’t only happen on a corporate level. All HMW leadership and staff share our commitment and give back by donating their time and their experience to the DC community in many ways.

Honoring our history. In partnership with Southwest community members, HMW incorporated several ways to honor the rich history of this neighborhood into the development of The Wharf, including:

  • A new cultural tourism heritage trail sign adjacent to Tiber Island and Waterfront Park that honors the mid-century modern architecture of Southwest DC
  • Pavement markers throughout The Wharf plazas, promenades, sidewalks, and bollard panels on District Pier honoring historic individuals, structures, and events
  • Historic designation and renovation of the Fish Cleaning Building and Oyster Shack at the Fish Market and reuse of the building as a restaurant

Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

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Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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